The 6th annual Jersey City Ward Tour was a tour de force as more than 2,000 bicyclists wheeled their way through the streets of Jersey City on June 7.
Sponsored by Bike JC, the 15-mile trek kicked off at Exchange Place at about 11 a.m., made a clockwise loop around the city, and returned to Exchange Place at about 1 p.m. for the finish line festival.
This was no race around the town to see who could arrive first. While some of the riders were decked out in full racing gear, many others rode an assortment of bicycles from mountain-style trail bikes to the more traditional 1950s style complete with bell and basket.
The average speed was about 10 miles per hour. Many of the riders took their time, waving to people who people who gathered at various places along the side lines to watch.
“The Ward Tour has grown to be one of Jersey City’s biggest and best events each year with attendance reaching over 2,000 people.” – Mayor Steven Fulop
“The Ward Tour has grown to be one of Jersey City’s biggest and best events each year, with attendance reaching over 2,000 people,” said Mayor Steven Fulop, who did not participate this year although he routinely has in the past. “It was great to see so many residents of all ages and levels participate in this year’s ride, which highlights the many diverse neighborhoods that make up our city.”
Estimates suggest that this year’s participation was about 500 more than last year.
Bike JC is an advocacy group promoting safe bicycling in the city with the aim of getting more people to pedal around the city for both recreation as well as travel to and from work.
Al Sullivan may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.